Malacañang backs proposal to ban firecracker use in New Year festivities
Firecracker freaks will just ask, "So, it’s OK for other days?"
Dennis Carcamo of Philstar.com reports that Malacañang Palace has thrown its support behind the Department of Health's (DOH) proposal to ban the use of firecrackers during New Year celebrations to "avoid the yearly loss of life, limb, and properties."
The report quoted Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. as saying in a statement issued on Wednesday (January 1) that lighting firecrackers should instead be done in specific areas designated by local government unit heads. "I think it’s time to ban firecrackers [and] allow only community fireworks managed by responsible persons, LGUs or organization in designated areas," Coloma said.
Health secretary Enrique Ona issued the suggestion after the DOH recorded close to 600 firecracker-related injuries in the days leading to January 1.
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